Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A.

WHEN LIFE CHANGES, WE'RE THERE. If You Are Injured, Time Is of the Essence. Call our experienced Gainesville Personal Injury attorneys today.

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When Your Life Changes For The Worse, You Need An Advocate

In a split second, a person's life can change. A drunk driver, a careless trucker, a defective seat belt, a pharmacy error, a dangerous stairway all these examples of negligence and countless more can forever alter the victim's health, family and future.

When injury occurs from the mistakes of another, we provide a strong voice and a compassionate heart as your advocate with the insurance companies and the bill collectors so you can focus on getting better. Our proven track-record of multi-million dollar recoveries and satisfied clients are examples how we can maximize the recovery in your case.

In Alachua County, in Marion County and throughout north Florida, injured individuals turn to the law firm of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. Based in Gainesville, our personal injury lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience in motor vehicle accidents and other serious cases. We are legal advocates you can trust to treat you with the personal attention, compassion and concern you deserve.

Experienced Personal Injury Trial And Appellate Attorneys

As seasoned litigators in state, federal and appellate courts, we have extensive trial experience. We take an aggressive stance in personal injury cases, which means that we are not quick to settle a case if that is not in your best interests. We prepare all cases for the courtroom.

You do not have to face personal injury matters on your own. You do not have to give in to an immediate settlement. Consult us first.

We charge no attorneys' fees or other costs unless we recover money for you. After-hours and weekend appointments are available, and our attorneys make home and hospital visits as necessary. Let us help you today.
Main Office

Main Office
622 Northeast First Street
Gainesville  FL  32601

Phone
  • (352) 376-6046 / (800) 637-4545
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Jack Joshua Fine

Mr. Fine is an experienced personal injury plaintiff's attorney. He holds Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating* (AV) and was a Grievance Committee Chairman for the Eighth Judicial Circuit for 2006-2008. He has taught as adjunct faculty in the trial practice course at the University of Florida Levin College of Law since 1983. Mr. Fine coached a trial team for the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1994.

Mr. Fine was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1976, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 1977, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in 1991, and the U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit in 1982.

His notable cases include Nieboer v. T.L., 394 So.2d 163 (Fla. 1st DCA 1981); Graham v. Vann, 394 So.2d 176 (Fla. 1st DCA 1981), and Turner v. PCR, Inc., 754 So.2d 683 (Fla. 2000). He published a Chapter in Criminal Trial Practice in Florida, on "Objections to Evidence," published by the Florida Bar in 1984 and was an editor of the LexisNexis Practice Guide on Florida Personal Injury in 2006.

Mr. Fine has made numerous presentations including one on Premises Liability of Landlords for Criminal Attacks to educate apartment complex owners and managers regarding things they could and should do to protect their tenants following the student murders that occurred in Gainesville in August of 1990. He has also presented at the Florida Workers' Advocates Educational Conference regarding Workers Compensation Immunity and on Legal Procedures and Overview of Testimony, Deposition and Trial at the Women as Victims, an Awareness Seminar.

Mr. Fine was born in New York, New York. He is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1976. In law school, he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. After graduation he practiced as an assistant Public Defender in their Third Judicial Circuit office in Lake City from 1976-1977. He then worked as an assistant Public Defender in the Gainesville office of the Public Defender from 1977-1980. In 1980 he founded the firm, which is now known as Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A.

Mr. Fine now exclusively represents victims of personal injury in claims against negligent parties.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
Areas of Practice

100% Plaintiff's Personal Injury Representation

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1976
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1977
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D. - 1976
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Phi Kappa Phi
Honors: With Honors
Colby College, Waterville, Maine
B.A. - 1973
Major: Sociology

Published Works

Criminal Trial Practice in Florida, Chapter "Objections to Evidence", Florida Bar, 1984
Florida Personal Injury, Editor LexisNexis Practice Guide, 2006

Representative Cases

Nieboer v. T.L., 394 So.2d 163 (Fla 1st DCA 1981)
Turner v. PCR, Inc., 754 So.2d 683 (Florida 2000)

Classes/Seminars

Trial Practice Adjunct Faculty, University of Florida College of Law, 1983 - 2008
Trial Team Coach, University of Florida College of Law, 1994

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell's AV Rating*

Professional Associations and Memberships

The James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter American Inns of Court, Master/Emeritus
The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Member, 1979 - 2008

Past Employment Positions

Public Defender Third Judicial Circuit Florida, Assistant, 1976 - 1977
Public Defender Eighth Judicial Circuit, Assistant, 1977 - 1980

Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer Law Week

Fraternities/Sororities

Phi Kappa Phi

Cherie Hoch Fine

Ms. Fine is a Florida native born in Orlando, Florida and raised in DeLand. She is a graduate of DeLand High School and the University of Florida. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1981. After graduation she practiced as an associate with the Gainesville firm of Watson, Folds, Steadham, Sproull, Christmann & Brashear, P.A., from 1981-1983.

She taught legal research and writing at the University of Florida College of Law. From 1993-1998 she practiced as a partner in the law firm of Springfield & Fine, P.A., specializing in criminal defense law. She is a past president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter of The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a member of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. She published an article in the Florida Criminal Law Journal on preservation of appellate issues after the Criminal Appeal Reform Act of 1996.

She has been associated with the firm of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., since 2003, and a partner since 2008. She regularly participates as an instructor in the Trial Advocacy course that the Honorable Stephan P. Mickle teaches at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and as a judge for the Appellate Advocacy program.

She now exclusively represents victims of personal injury in claims against negligent parties.

Memberships

Legal:
The Florida Bar, admitted 1981
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
The James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court, holding the position of Master

Community:
Founding member of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Child Advocacy Center, created to improve community response to child abuse.
Sustainer and past Treasurer of the Junior League of Gainesville
Host for "Dinner With 12 Strangers" for the University of Florida Alumni Association
Current President of the Friends of Music, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the goals and production of scholarships for students in the University of Florida's School of Music
Current Treasurer of the Humane Society of Alachua County
Areas of Practice

95% Civil Litigation Personal Injury Plaintiff
5% Probate and Guardianship Associated with Wrongful Death and Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1981
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1998

Education

University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D.
Honors: With Honors
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.A.
Honors: With Honors
Major: Art

Published Works

Pres. of Appellate Issues after the Criminal Appeal Reform Act 1996, Florida Criminal Law Journal, 1998

Classes/Seminars

Section Instructor Trial Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2003 - 2008
Judge Appellate Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1986 - 2008
Volunteer Instructor Trial Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2003 - Present

Honors and Awards

Recognition Of Service Award -- The Legal Panel and The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

Friends of Music of the University of Florida, President, 2007 - 2008
Friends of Music of the University of Florida, Member, 2005 - 2008
Gainesville Community Foundation Women's Giving Circle, Member, 2007 - 2008
Alachua County Humane Society, Treasurer, 2006 - 2008
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers), Member, 2004 - 2008
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Member, 1998 - 2008
Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, Member, 1995 - 2008
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member, 1993 - 2008
American Inns of Court Chapter, Master, 1993 - 2008
The Florida Dispute Resolution Center, Certified Court Arbitrator, 1989 - 2008
Congregation B'nai Israel, Member, 1986 - 2008
Florida Bar, Member, 1981 - 2008
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Member, 1981 - 2008
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter), President, 1998 - 2000
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter), Member, 1993 - 2000
Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section, Member, 1993 - 1998
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board Member, 1998 - 2000
Junior League of Gainesville, Member, 1987 - 1996
Junior League of Gainesville, Treasurer, 1994 - 1995
The James C. Adkins, Jr. Chapter, American Inns of Court, Master

Past Employment Positions

Watson, Folds, Steadham, Sproull, Christmann & Brashear, Associate, 1981 - 1983
University of Florida Levin College of Law, Asst. Director Legal Research & Writing, 1985 - 1986
Springfield & Fine, P.A., Partner, 1993 - 1998

Fraternities/Sororities

Phi Alpha Delta

A. Daniel Vazquez

Mr. Vazquez is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and he is licensed to practice in both Florida and Colorado. He is an experienced plaintiffs' attorney and counsels clients on a wide variety of legal matters including serious personal injury claims, wrongful death, bicycle accidents, trucking accidents, fall injury accidents, toxic torts, community environmental contamination, government takings of land (eminent domain), and claims against the government for negligence (sovereign immunity). Though the firm's home office is in Gainesville, Florida, Mr. Vazquez has travelled extensively to personally meet with clients who are victims of negligent conduct and has litigated cases in multiple jurisdictions. Mr. Vazquez also counsels on appellate practice and environmental consulting.

Dan Vazquez is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law. In 2010, Mr. Vazquez served as a Florida Supreme Court extern clerk for Justice Jorge Labarga in Tallahassee, Florida. The Court's clerking program is a highly competitive process in which Supreme Court justices choose only the top applicants to work alongside court staff attorneys and the justices in chambers. Mr. Vazquez produced numerous legal memos for the Florida Supreme Court, assisted the justice and staff in preparation for oral argument, and worked directly on several last-minute death penalty appeals. In addition to his work for the Court, Mr. Vazquez has been an active member of several north Florida Inns of Court. Mr. Vazquez's law school studies focused on trial advocacy and environmental justice for impoverished communities affected by corporate pollution. Dan Vazquez was a member of UF Law's Environmental Moot Court team, whose brief placed fourth out of 84 teams in a national moot court competition with Dan receiving an award for best oralist for his argument of appellate issues to the semi-final round of competition. In addition to his Juris Doctor (JD) degree, Mr. Vazquez earned a Certificate in Environmental Law and Land Use Planning. Only a small percentage of law school students are able to complete the rigorous certificate program, which requires students to take a maximum-course credit load to achieve certificate graduation requirements. Dan Vazquez studied international environmental law abroad at the Universidad de Costa Rica, where he learned from renowned international legal scholars, several of whom litigate before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica.

In 2010, Dan Vazquez was selected by former University of Florida College of Law Dean, Jon Mills (Director of the law school's Center for Governmental Responsibility), to serve on the center's Oil Spill Working Group. Mr. Vazquez collaborated with the center's research team to develop legal-response and policy solutions regarding the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and resulting injuries to people, businesses, and the fragile Gulf ecosystem. Mr. Vazquez has presented on legal topics such as "The Top 10 Mistakes People Make in Auto Accident Cases" and "The Personal Injury and Environmental Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill."

Mr. Vazquez received his undergraduate bachelor's degree (BA) in history from the University of Florida, where his senior thesis on pandemics, care of the sick, and hospitals earned high honors (Magna Cum Laude) at graduation. Dan Vazquez has been inducted into several prestigious leadership and academic honoraries including Phi Beta Kappa and Florida Blue Key.

Mr. Vazquez was born in Warren, Ohio, and raised in the barrier island community of Satellite Beach, Florida. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys biking, kayaking, scuba diving, adventure travel, and snow skiing. For several years, Mr. Vazquez has served as the executive board member of the St. Johns-Suwannee County Sierra Club (serving 16 north Florida counties) as well as the Alpha Phi Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)(3) scholarship program to benefit students of the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida). He is also an Executive Board Member of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association (8JCBA) and volunteers his time through the bar association to promote professional development between young lawyers and senior lawyers and judges, as well as Pro Bono work to provide legal services for the underprivileged, free of charge. Mr. Vazquez is admitted to practice law in Florida and Colorado.
Areas of Practice

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 2010
Colorado, 2012

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D. - 2010
Honors: Certificate in Environmental Law and Land Use Planning - 2010
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.A.magna cum laude - 2006
Honors: Phi

Thomas Joel Farkash

Areas of Practice

100% Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1976
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1977
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1984
U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D.
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.A.
Honors: With High Honors
Major: Economics

Representative Cases

Anderson v. Auto Owners Ins. Co., 172 F.3d 767,770 (11th Cir. 1999)

Classes/Seminars

Trial Practice Instructor at UF Law School, University of Florida, 1985 - Present
Coach of UF Trial Team, University of Florida, 1985 - Present

Past Employment Positions

Office of Public Defender Eighth Circuit, FL, Assistant Public Defender, 1976 - 1980

Pro Bono Activities

University of Florida Levin College of Law Trial Team Coach, 1997 - Present

Alan R. Parlapiano

Areas of Practice

Animal Bites -- Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
Railroad Accidents -- Plaintiff
Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff
Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
Chemicals and Cosmetics
Firearms
Machinery and Tools
Motor Vehicle Defects
Recreational Products
Dental Malpractice
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice

Certified Legal Specialties

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
Circuit Civil Mediator, State of Florida, 1998

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1970
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1972
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1994

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D. - 1970
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.S. - 1967
Major: Journalism
Edison Junior College, Port Charlotte, Florida
A.A. - 1965

Representative Cases

In the Interest of C.H.H. et al v. State, 298 So.2d 208 (Fla App 1974)
Helton v. State, 311 So.2d 381 (Fla. App. 1975)

Professional Associations and Memberships

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Member, 1984 - Present
Inns of Court, Master & Group Leader

Past Employment Positions

Florida Public Defender's Office, Public Defender, 1971 - 1979


Fraternities/Sororities

Phi Alpha Delta

Hon. Martha Ann Lott

Martha Lott retired from the bench in May 2013 after 22+ years as a County Court Judge, Circuit Judge and as Chief Judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She joined Fine, Farkash and Parlapiano, P.A., in July 2013. Her experience as a Judge included all areas of practice at both the County and Circuit levels in State Court. Martha Lott presided in all six counties of the 8th Circuit of Florida.

Particular areas of expertise include psychology/psychiatry (including PTSD and brain injury), family law, and litigation.

Martha Lott graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with partner, Cherie Fine, in 1981. She began her career with the Public Defender's Office of the 8th Judicial Circuit in 1981 working with partners Jack Fine, Tom Farkash and Alan Parlapiano. Prior to becoming a Judge, Martha Lott was in private practice as a trial lawyer.

In the early 1980s, she suffered a permanent injury as the result of an auto accident. She was represented by Fine, Farkash and Parlapiano, P.A. Her experience as a trial lawyer, a person with a permanent injury, and as a Judge gives her a uniquely broad perspective.

Martha Lott is known for innovative problem solving.
Bar Admissions

Florida, 1981

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
J.D. - 1981
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.A.magna cum laude - 1974
Major: Psychology

Published Works

Relocation Issues in Child Custody Cases, Journal of Child Custody

Classes/Seminars

Presenter for Multiple Judicial Education Courses, 1991 - 2009
Adjunct Faculty U of Florida College of Law, 1993 - 1994

Honors and Awards

Pro Bono of the Year Award for the 8th Judicial Circuit, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

County Court Judge, 1991 - 1997
Circuit Judge, 1997 - 2009
Administrative Judge of Circuit Criminal, 2006 - June 30, 2009
Chief Judge, 2009 - 2012

Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer with Three Rivers Legal Services, 1987 - 1990

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